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Specially for beginners, this short guided meditation is just 7 minutes long, and focuses on the breath and relaxing your body.

I hope if fills your day with wisdom and happiness, and helps you with anything you need it to help you with!

Would love to know your opinion about it. Did it work? Did you like it? was it too fast, to slow?

Please share with whomever you think could benefit from it!

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Today’s meditation at the Three Jewels was fantastic! I hope you enjoy it.

The AC was on, so there will be some noise in the background, but if you pay attention to your breath and the words, the noise should not be too much of a problem.

Would love to know what you think!

Have a weekend full of perfect moments.

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Every friday at 8 am, I guide meditation at The Three Jewels in New York. Since I started doing it, around 6 months ago, I have been guiding Tonglen meditation, a Tibetan Buddhist instruction, design to build compassion and empathy.

You will take in the suffering of someone you love, and destroy it with Wisdom. Then you will give them what they want the most for ultimate happiness.

Here is the recording of last friday, as I get ready to record the one tomorrow too.

The actual meditation starts at 3.31 and it goes until 32.05. The rest is instruction and conversation.

Would love to know what you think about it.

And if you are in NY, come by the Three Jewels any day at 8 am or at 12:30 pm for guided meditation.

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I have made most of my livelihood as a video editor for anything from 30 second TV spots to hour and half feature films. This is a beautiful animation showing what an editor really does.

Well done!

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Everything important is hard – Daily Lesson – Feb 2nd 2014

A while ago my girlfriend and I decided to move in together, and after a few conversations, she and her sister will be moving into my 2 bedroom apartment in four weeks.

I love the idea and I am looking forward to it.

But like anything important in life, at moments there will be a struggle. My first major moment of struggle came today.

We have both been in our places for many years and one accumulates tons of STUFF when one lives in a place for a long time. Fitting everything in the apartment would be impossible of course, so we need to give up some of it. In my case more than half of my stuff will probably be gone.

Honestly, I am more than happy to get rid of most of my stuff. But today I had a moment of anxiety when I felt that everything was gonna be gone.

Every important decision in life requires changes and sacrifices. If it doesn’t feel that way what You are doing is not important enough.

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We have a very dark past – Daily Lesson – Feb 1st 2014

Today I watch the film 12 Years a Slave. The movie is outstanding!

It’s a true story based on a memoir, written by Solomon Northup, a free black man in the early 1800’s from New York, who gets kidnaped and traded as a slave in the south.

It was graphic and at some points difficult to watch.

I’ve heard and read many stories about slavery before. But I am not sure if I have ever heard of a personal account so explicit and raw.

I am grateful to live in the society that I live in. We have some problems, true. We can do better, sure. But all in all, we live in a country where everyone is free to exist, to do what we want, to fail, to succeed, to just be average, on our own accord.

I learned today, that no matter how crappy it might feel sometimes, we come from a very dark and terrible past, and we should be grateful for what we have, and we should work together to keep making it better, by accepting our diversity and understanding our differences, always with respect, equality and justice, because we are really not that different from each other.

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Practice makes habits – Daily Lesson – Jan 31st 2014

The lesson of the day: if we stop doing something regularly, it will take a while pick it back up.

We know that intuitively, but it is very different to know something or to think we know something, than to actually go through it and truly learn it.

A little over a year ago I used to do yoga at least three times a week, my body was changing and the asanas that seem very difficult at first became easier as time went by. I was becoming a Yogi! Not really.

I stopped doing yoga for a while, and honestly, I don’t remember the exact reason why. This last week I decided to start going again. It will probably come back in no time. Right? Nop. Wrong.

Of course I did an easy class at first, and I did another easy class the second time. The second one was a little harder than I expected, and I have to say it kicked my ass. I am at the bottom of curve. Again.

As I reflected on this at the end of the class in the awesome quite time that one has in corpse pose, I realized that the same was true not just in yoga but in other things I had left on the side: when I stop meditating daily for a while I have a very hard time getting back to it; when I stop editing video for a while, the same is true; if I stop writing for a few days it is almost impossible to put ideas together in words.

So practice doesn’t necessarily make You a master but it certainly keeps You from feeling like a beginner.

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I fall in love all the time – Daily Lesson – Jan 30th 2014

Today I realized that I am constantly falling in love. Now it is not the couples love (I already have that love and it’s by far the most intense and awesome love of them all), it’s the love you feel for life!

I fall in love with the old lady in the train, with the beggar that told the awesome joke, I fall in love with New York, the city that has given me the many opportunities to become who I am today.

I fall in love with the pretty girl walking down the street, and with the dude that chases her.

I fall in love with the snow that is still on the ground from the last precipitation.

I fall in love with my meditation and my Dharma classes.

I fall in love with the many friends that make me smile and laugh everyday with awesome and ofter times silly jokes and comments.

I just keep falling in love with life. And for that I am grateful, and I can’t wait to fall in love again tomorrow!

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